Thrift Shipbuilding, Sulfur LA

Most recent update: August 17, 2014.


Thrift Shipbuilding & Repair, Inc., was started by Earl Thrift Sr. in 1973.  The original yard was in Orange, but they moved to a site on Choupique Bayou, in Sulfur, in 1976 and later opened a repair yard in Channelview.  The company closed in 1984.    If anyone can add to the table below, please send your input to timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Delivery Disposition

Built in Orange TX

  563873 Jake Ryan    Griffin Towing Towboat 68 1975 Active
3 566070 Freemont Tom's Welding Towboat 68 1975 Active
4 567947 Capt. Kurt Benoit Towing Towboat 68 1975 Now Sara K
  570729 Capt Leroy Devall Devall Towing Towboat 68 1976 Active
  570942 Jimmy T Tinker-Watkins Towboat 52 1976 Active

Built in Sulfur LA

  578857 J. H. Tanner    Jack Tanner Towing Towboat 62 1976 Now Tanner
9 582881 Miss Jodie   Parker Towing Towboat 102 1977 Active
10 584694 Alexandra B   Towboat 62 1977 Now M/V Gracie Claire
12 587474 Louisianan Conoco Shipping Towboat 87 1977 Now Lavelle Devall
  588920 Bryon   Towboat 43 1977 Deleted 1993
  591491 David C. Devall  Devall Towing Towboat 98 1978 Total loss 2005
17 603727 E. T. Barber  Port Neches Towing Towboat 98 1979 Active
20 611407 Habibi Harless Towing Towboat 98 1979 Now Aransas
21 613854 Capt. Al Devall  Devall Towing Towboat 108 1979 Active
22 617902 Bonnie Sue   Hollywood Marine Towboat 121 1980 Active
23 616173 Shawnee    Conoco Shipping Towboat 138 1980 Now Matthew T
24 623149 Tonkawa    Conoco Shipping Towboat 138 1980 Now W. Stanley James
25 625691 Osage Conoco Shipping Towboat 138 1980 Now Texian
26 627050 Cherokee Conoco Shipping Towboat 138 1980 Now Grosbec
27 628615 Apache Conoco Shipping Towboat 138 1980 Active
  620780 Dallas Double Eagle Marine Towboat 97 1980 Now Delta Heron
29 631012 Carissa Brooke Devall  Devall Towing Towboat 132 1981 Active
31 636421 Lady Tresia P. & P. Towing Towboat 103 1981 Now Lady Mary
32 629724 Allen B Alron Towing Towboat 75 1980 Now Elmo E
36 637373 Miss Jo Ann M. J. Smith Towboat 63 1981 Now Scott Pride
37 644988 Crain Bros. No. 7 Crain Bros. Deck Barge 727 1982 Active
38 640942 Parain Parain Marine Service Towboat 90 1981 Now Lonnie T
39 647373 Jay J   J. Jackson Towing Towboat 109 1982 Now Annie Wepfer
40 652257 William G. Jackson II J. Jackson Towing Towboat 72 1982 Now Bruce T
  654502 Corey James John's Towing Service Towboat 198 1983 Now Carl L. Johnson 
  655647 Thrift I Newpark SB Deck Barge 1,111 1983 Active
  675220 Mary Rose Imperial Towing Towboat 198 1984 Active
  686919 Cheryl K   Cheryl K, Inc. Towboat 48 1985 Active